the energy and the spirit of it, okay? good. (chavez) when we learn the piece, we have to make sure we have the right fingering and dynamics, and we have to definitely make sure we have the rhythm. otherwise, it could come out any way you want it to. crescendo means you get louder, and decrescendo means you get softer. if you have dynamics, it changes in mood, and when people are about say, "oh, this is so nice." all a sudden it jumps up or something. (pagano) some teachers really insist that you play exactly like them, and that's their style of teaching. my teacher, leon fleischer, seemed to impart more ideals and principles that could guide us into further understanding the music. through all of that, whether consciously or unconsciously, you end up sounding like your teacher. [thundering piano chord] jennifer kim has been taking piano lessons with me since she was five years old, and she's playing very advanced repertoire now. she is understanding it on a really deep level at this point, and i'm kind of guiding her almost as a coach. i give her a little more space. i hear so much thumb.